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Darlington man smeared blood in police cell after hospital row
A MAN armed himself with a makeshift mace and threatened police when his frustrations over delayed hospital treatment boiled over, a court heard.
James Reddington, 18, wrenched a fence post from Darlington Memorial Hospital’s gardens on August 27, telling police officers he would use the weapon, which was studded with nails, to “smash their heads in.”
Darlington Magistrates’ Court heard Reddington, of Kirkby Close, Albert Hill, Darlington, even cut his arm with a can to prompt nurses into assessing his injury quicker.
After he was arrested, Reddington, who had drunk nearly 20 bottles of beer and two bottles of rum, then smeared blood from his open wound around his police cell and spat blood at officers.
Jonathan Bambro, prosecuting, said: “He had been abusive to hospital staff and gone outside and picked up the spiked object.
“He warned officers he would smash their heads in, police disarmed him, but he was spitting blood at officers and daubed his nickname, Jimbob, in blood off his shirt on cell walls.”
Callum Terry, mitigating, said Reddington was an intelligent man who had been offered an apprenticeship, but had subsequently lost it due to his behaviour.
He said: “He already had an injury to his arm and when the stitches came open, he went to Accident and Emergency.
“However, there were a number of people waiting for treatment and he thought; ‘I’ll show you what happens if I don’t get treated.’
“He cut himself and then pulled the post out of the ground, he was already the subject of a Youth Rehabilitation Order and did not want to get arrested.”
Magistrates gave Reddington, who pleaded guilty to having an offensive weapon, damaging a police cell, and using threatening words and behaviour, a 12-month community order, 120 hours unpaid work, and a £30 compensation bill for cleaning the police cell.
Chairwoman of the bench, Patricia Wilson, told Reddington: “You could make something of your life and have to make yourself a better person.
“Hospital staff do an excellent job and deserve better than you causing trouble, and daubing blood in a police cell is equally disgusting.”